Where We Stand

Mainstream began as an organization dedicated to countering extremist voices in politics, and while we have expanded our scope beyond just church and state issues, we still stand as a counter to extremism. This is what Mainstream stands for.


Mission: The Mainstream Coalition informs and engages individuals to advocate for good governance, quality public education, healthy communities and sustainable fiscal policy.

These four areas encompass the breadth of our mission:

Good Governance: Mainstream asserts that the people of Kansas have the right to responsible, open, and honest government that serves every Kansan, encourages citizen engagement, and respects the right to representation.

Quality Public Education: Mainstream affirms the right of every Kansan to an affordable, equitable, and excellent public education, from early childhood to post graduate opportunity, adequately funded by the state, that respects the professions that care for our children.

Healthy Communities: Mainstream upholds the right of Kansans to health, safety, and peace of mind in their personal lives, in their civic communities, and in wider society. Healthy, supportive communities promote engagement, personal success, and a stronger economy.

Sustainable Fiscal Policy: Mainstream affirms that, in order to provide services to the people, government must be funded by the people it serves. Revenue and spending policies must treat every Kansan equitably, must be sustainable, and must adequately support government’s duties, be it at the state, county, or municipal level.

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Founding Principles

While Mainstream has grown since 1993, and expanded our scope, we remain true to the founding principles of the organization, which we have summarized here:

The Mainstream Coalition was founded to guard against the encroachment of religious doctrine into the public space. While our sphere of advocacy has grown, the founding principles still inform Mainstream’s work today. Among those are respect for the rights, beliefs, and freedoms of all individuals; recognition that the political process is critical in securing and defending those rights; and the assertion that compromise around common values builds a just society.

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2021 Public Policy Platform

The Mainstream Coalition is dedicated to creating a more representative and responsive government by empowering informed participation and meaningful action in the political process. One way we seek to achieve this is through public policy advocacy. While Mainstream supports a number of standing positions, this platform is intended to articulate our specific policy goals on anticipated issues in the 2021 legislative session.

For the 2021 Kansas Legislative Session, the Mainstream Coalition supports:


  • Expanding Medicaid to cover over 150,000 individuals who currently fall into a coverage gap.
  • Maintaining a woman’s right to make personal and private reproductive health decisions, as provided by the Kansas Constitution.

Local Government

  • Repealing the tax lid and supporting local elected officials in making informed tax and revenue decisions for their communities, consistent with Home Rule.

Public Education

  • Maintaining current public education funding levels, despite a pandemic related economic downturn.
  • Eliminating the use of taxpayer money to fund private, parochial, or unaccredited educational institutions, including tax credit scholarships.


  • Creating an independent, nonpartisan commission to redraw electoral districts that accurately reflect the 2020 Census results.

Voting Rights & Access

  • Enacting no-excuse permanent advance voting by mail status.
  • Ensuring that all eligible—and otherwise qualified—provisional ballots are counted.

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Position Statements

These are the positions—listed alphabetically—of the Mainstream Coalition on many of the issues prevalent in Kansas politics. This list is not comprehensive, please contact us if you have questions about these issues or other issues not listed.

Anti-Racism: The Mainstream Coalition asserts that racism exists in our country, and is institutionalized in our government and communities. We commit to stand with those who experience racism, and work to reform the policies and institutions that perpetuate it. To make meaningful progress towards an anti-racist society, we will actively fight racism in the criminal justice system, education funding policies, health care access, fair housing, and other policy areas.

Environmental Impact: The Mainstream Coalition believes that environmental issues, and the climate crisis in particular, have the potential to affect every individual in every community. We urge our elected representatives at all levels of government to include environmental impact, resource scarcity, and environmental justice as factors in every deliberation and action they take as representatives of their constituent communities.

Gun Safety: The Mainstream Coalition supports the Second Amendment, but affirms that the right to bear arms does not extend to endangering the public. We believe in prohibiting the purchase or possession of assault weapons by the public. We strongly support local control over other firearms and weapons-related ordinances and regulations, and believe those regulations should require responsible and safe gun ownership.

Health Care: The Mainstream Coalition asserts the responsibility of government to take care of its people, especially the most vulnerable, seniors, children, those who do not have the means to care for themselves or their families, and those who cannot care for themselves. Access to affordable, excellent health care wherever you live is a right that should not be denied to anyone.

Immigration: The Mainstream Coalition strongly affirms that immigrants—regardless of their immigration status—are guaranteed the same human rights, respect, and dignity as all Kansans. That includes the right to seek asylum, access to a sensible path to citizenship, and security in their communities and workplaces. We vehemently oppose policies that single out immigrants for dehumanizing treatment, like forced family separation. Kansas is stronger, more successful, and more resilient for the inclusion of immigrants among us.

LGBTQ+ Rights: The Mainstream Coalition asserts that ALL Kansans must be treated equally under the law, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. We support efforts to affirm this equality in State statute, and oppose any measure that seeks to introduce discrimination against LGBTQ+ persons, families, or communities.

Public Education Finance: The Mainstream Coalition asserts that access to excellent, equitable public education, from early childhood to post-graduate career, is a right. Fully funding this education is a responsibility of government. Quality public education has proven to enhance economic success and health outcomes for students. The Kansas Supreme Court has repeatedly found the state to be underfunding public education, and this must stop.

Revenue Reform: Tax reform measures passed in 2017 did not restore all of the revenue lost to the Brownback Administration’s disastrous tax policies. Kansas revenues are still inadequate to meet its obligations to Kansans to support education, infrastructure, and the social and health care safety net. The Mainstream Coalition urges lawmakers to continue the hard work of raising the necessary revenue while maintaining sustainable fiscal policies.

Transparency: The Mainstream Coalition affirms the crucial importance of open and transparent government in responsible representation. Voters have the right to know what their elected officials do, and why. The political process is complex and requires compromises that can be difficult to explain, but hiding that process from the public does a disservice to Kansans. 

Voting Rights: The Mainstream Coalition strongly defends the right of every citizen to vote. To protect that right, we support efforts to make voting simpler, more accessible, and more secure. We support eliminating proof of citizenship requirements, enhancing access to advance ballots, and expanding the window for voter registration.

Women’s Health: The Mainstream Coalition believes women have a right to access healthcare without discrimination and have always supported a woman's right to make her own decisions about her reproductive health. We reject the divisive rhetoric of "pro-abortion" labels and support data-driven efforts to reduce abortion rates by improving access to comprehensive sex education as well as affordable family planning.

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Statement of Inclusion

The Mainstream Coalition celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive atmosphere in our workplace, forums, and conversations. We embrace our differences as strengths. The Mainstream Coalition prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, or military status.

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